I was born in Montgomery, AL. and spent most of my childhood days there, but we also lived in Bay Minette and Tuscaloosa. I received my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide). I later earned my Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Mississippi (Go Rebels). I have been married for 37 years to my high school sweetheart, Paul, who was a career Army officer. I had the privilege of following him all over the world for 23 years, until he retired and we made Florence our permanent home. We have two wonderful children, Elizabeth and Will. Elizabeth is a journalist, and also graduated from the University of Alabama. Will graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, and is a professional writer. We have an adorable miniature schnauzer, Gracie, and three granddogs. I taught first grade at Kilby for seven years and this is my 8th year as the ARI Reading Coach. I love to spend time with my family, travel, cook and read.